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Dr. Denise Wright Francois, MD

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Dr. Denise Wright Francois MD is a top Pathologist in San Antonio, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Denise Wright Francois MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Denise Wright Francois MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Denise Wright Francois MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In San Antonio, TX, Dr. Denise Wright Francois MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
25 years Experience
Dr. Denise Wright Francois, MD
  • San Antonio, TX
  • University Of Colorado School Of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Can the infection causing a pneumonia show in a blood test?

Antibodies to certain types of infectious organisms can be detected in the blood and that can help determine the causative organism. If the infection has spread to the blood READ MORE
Antibodies to certain types of infectious organisms can be detected in the blood and that can help determine the causative organism. If the infection has spread to the blood stream (sepsis) then a blood culture can identify the organism. There are some new genetic tests that can screen for the DNA of certain infectious agents.

What samples are required for a DNA test?

Cheek swab would work, but he may ask for a blood sample.

Lab work done 10/09/17 showed my Absolute Lymphocytes @ 5738. This is not the first time they were high. I had one @ 5400 months before October. My...

An elevated lymphocyte count in adults may mean that a condition called chronic lymphocytic leukemia is present. Ask your doctor about a flow cytometry study to screen for CLL. READ MORE
An elevated lymphocyte count in adults may mean that a condition called chronic lymphocytic leukemia is present. Ask your doctor about a flow cytometry study to screen for CLL.

How long should a urine culture take?

No the delay won’t make it faulty

My urine culture report was sent to another lab for a bacteria resistance report. Why does this happen?

There was growth of bacteria on your culture and now the lab would like to determine which antibiotics won’t work because the bacteria is resistant to it.

My mother's biopsy confirmed a malignant tumor. Should we consider a second opinion before the treatment?

You certainly can. Ask your doctor to have a second opinion on the biopsy result.

How long does it take for a biopsy report to come?

Time varies considerably. Sometimes tumors need to have special stains or genetic testing to determine the nature of the malignancy. If these extra tests are ordered then the READ MORE
Time varies considerably. Sometimes tumors need to have special stains or genetic testing to determine the nature of the malignancy. If these extra tests are ordered then the results will be delayed. Also, in some cases the look of the tumor is not straight forward and a second opinion or research may be necessary. Ideally, we like to have results in 2-3 days.

My platelet count showed below the normal range specified in the report, but I don’t feel any symptoms. Why could this be?

If the platelet count is only slightly or moderately low then there may be no symptoms. If it is severely low, bleeding may occur (nose bleeds, bleeding gums, etc.). Confirmation READ MORE
If the platelet count is only slightly or moderately low then there may be no symptoms. If it is severely low, bleeding may occur (nose bleeds, bleeding gums, etc.). Confirmation of the low platelet count should be done by looking at peripheral blood smear. In some patients, the substance used to keep the blood from clotting after it is collected (the anticoagulant) can cause platelet clumping and that could result in falsely low platelet count. If that occurs, that is an error in testing and your platelets are not really low. Recollection of the blood in a different anticoagulant can fix the problem.

My mole sample was sent to another lab. Should I be concerned?

Sometimes pathologists like to send certain types of specimens off to other pathologists with specialty training on that particular tissue type. it may be their routine practice. READ MORE
Sometimes pathologists like to send certain types of specimens off to other pathologists with specialty training on that particular tissue type. it may be their routine practice. A second opinion could also mean that there is some concern about the lesion. Don’t worry just yet! Wait for the results.

I have single lymph node enlargement. Is this due to cancer?

Lymph nodes can swell for a variety of reasons. The most common cause is in reaction to something such as an infection, an abscess or recent tattoo. Reactive lymph nodes are READ MORE
Lymph nodes can swell for a variety of reasons. The most common cause is in reaction to something such as an infection, an abscess or recent tattoo. Reactive lymph nodes are usually tender and rubbery, rather than hard. They can be easily moved under the skin. Malignant (cancerous) nodes are not usually tender, are hard and fixed in place. If the node has grown in size and has persisted without an identifiable cause, it’s best to see a physician, so that they can decide whether or not a biopsy is necessary.